The American Cocker Spaniel (or Cocker Spaniel
as it is called in the USA) shares the same
ancestry as the English Cocker Spaniel until
the late 1880s. At that time, a stud named
Obo II came to the United States where he
attracted a great many fanciers. Soon after,
changes began to occur and there emerged
two distinct types of Cockers. One retained
the original longer-bodied, heavier conformation,
the second was lighter, with a shorter back,
longer legs and heavier coat. Efforts were
made to distinguish the two breeds and in
1947, the newer variety was officially called
the Cocker Spaniel (American) and the original
was renamed the English Cocker Spaniel.
This breed loves to play in the water and
outdoors, and would be happiest with an
active family in either the city or country.
The height of a Cocker Spaniel is 14.5 -
15.5" (36.8 - 36.8cm) for dogs, 13.5
- 14.5" (34.3 - 34.3cm) for bitches
The weight for a Cocker Spaniel is between
24 - 28 lbs (10.7 - 12.5 kg)
The Cocker Spaniel's silky coat may be straight
or slightly wavy and is most profuse on
the legs and underside.
Colors of the Cocker Spaniel's coat may
be any solid color or part-color which is
white with any other well-defined color.
Regular grooming is necessary as may be
The Cocker Spaniel is well-known and loved
for its happy, friendly personality. He
is an exuberant and outgoing dog.
Epilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic
component in this breed.
Special Interest: This breed ranked as the
most popular dog for some 15 years in the
40s and 50s, and still remains in the top
AKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
ANKC: Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 8 Section 2 Flushing Dogs
KC: Sporting - Gundog Group
UKC: Gun Dog